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CONFIRMED: Full Chelsea Squad To Fave Real Madrid Tonight Released – Tuchel Faces Striker Challenge



Chelsea lock horns with Real Madrid in the second-leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening under the floodlights

Chelsea will be looking to progress to the final of the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 2012 and book a date with Manchester City when they face Real Madrid in the second-leg of their semi-final showdown this evening, kick-off 8:00pm.

The Blues, who bolstered their prospects of finishing inside the top-four in the Premier League this season with a 2-0 win over west London rivals Fulham on Saturday, know that a clean-sheet this evening would be enough to get the job done, after the first-leg ended 1-1 in Spain last week.

A draw at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium ensured Chelsea enter tonight’s clash in the driving seat after Christian Pulisic netted a massive away goal. However, a momentary lapse of concentration could cost the Blues dearly after Karim Benzema’s stunning hit ensured Madrid got themselves back in the tie.

In the first leg, Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane almost matched his side up like-for-like with Chelsea, ditching his usually preferred 4-3-3 system and opting to go to a 3-5-2. At the weekend against Osasuna, he reverted back to the 4-3-3, meaning it remains to be seen what he will do at Stamford Bridge.

For Tuchel, though, it will all rest on the availability of Sergio Ramos and Ferland Mendy.

Ahead of tonight’s clash, Tuchel has delivered largely positive news on the injury front, confirming that Mateo Kovacic is the only player who will miss out, meaning Antonio Rudiger is set to return after missing the win over Fulham on Saturday.

That means that Tuchel could face a difficult call when deciding on his defensive trio, with Kurt Zouma, Thiago Silva and Andreas Christensen all contributing towards a clean-sheet at the weekend. But with Rudiger poised to be available, one of those three could drop out.

Elsewhere, Tuchel will have a difficult decision to make at the top end of the pitch, with Pulisic pushing for a recall. Given that Havertz netted a brace against the Cottagers and Timo Werner is continuing to struggle for goals, Havertz could line-up as the false nine and Pulisic replaces Werner.

Meanwhile, the likes of Cesar Azpilicueta, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho will be pushing for recalls.

Full Chelsea squad available to face Real Madrid:

Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy Caballero & Edouard Mendy.

Defenders: Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Ben Chilwell, Marcos Alonso & Emerson.

Midfielders: Callum Hudson-Odoi, Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, N’Golo Kante, Billy Gilmour, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Faustino Anjorin & Jorginho.

Strikers: Tammy Abraham, Timo Werner & Olivier Giroud.

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